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Itinerary: Tashkent - Nukus - Khiva - Ayaz kala - Khiva - Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent. 
Duration:  13 days, 12 nights
 

1

Day

Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel, hotel accommodation. 
Overnight in Tashkent.

2

Day

Tashkent
Tashkent Breakfast at the hotel. 
 
Sightseeing tour:
 
Visit old part of city:
The architectural complex Khazret-Imam: Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum, Madrasah of Barak-Khan;
- Madrasah of Abdulkasym,
- Chorsu bazaar.
Overnight in Tashkent.
 

3

Day

Tashkent - Nukus - Khiva
After early breakfast we will drive to the airport for morning flight to Nukus
Visit the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky – “Museum in the desert”.  
Drive to Khiva (200 km). Arrival to Khiva, hotel accommodation.  
Overnight in Khiva.
 

4

Day

Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour in Ichan-Qala (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Ichan-Qala is open-air museum.  We will visit:
- Tash-Khovli Palace,
- Islam Khodja Ensemble,
- Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan.  
Overnight in Khiva.
 
 

5

Day

Khiva - Kyzyl-Kala - Toprak-Kala - Ayaz-Kala
After breakfast trip to Kyzylkum Desert (150 km, 1,5-2 h) and visiting of archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: you will visit Toprak-Kala - ancient settlement which was the capital of Khorezm in the III century AD. Not without reason Toprak-Kala is called "the museum of fine arts of Ancient Khorezm".
Then we’ll visit one of the largest fortresses of Ancient Khorezm – Ayaz-Kala, II century AD, relevant to the period of Kushan Empire prosperity. Return to Khiva. Overnight in Khiva.
 

6

Day

Khiva - Bukhara
After breakfast we will drive to Bukhara via Kyzyl-Kum desert (480 km. 6-7 hrs.) On the way stop to see Amu-Darya river. Continue driving. Arrival to Bukhara and hotel accommodation. Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.
 

7

Day

Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

Samanids Mausoleum,

- Chashma-Ayub (Saint Job’s Source),

Ark citadel (residence of Bukhara khans),

Lyabi Khauz ensemble,

Poi-Kalyan Ensemble (Madrasah and Minaret), Miri-Arab Madrasah,

- Magoki-Attori Mosque, trading domes.

Overnight in Bukhara.

 

8

Day

Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour:
- Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace (the residence of the Emir of Bukhara),
- Chor-Bakr Necropolis,
- Memorial complex of Bahouddin Naqshbandi. 
Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.
 

9

Day

Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Samarkand (270 km). On the way stop in Gijduvan city. Visit ceramic workshop. Continue driving. Arrival to Samarkand and hotel accommodation. Overnight in Samarkand.
 

10

Day

Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

Gur-Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Amir Temur),
- The main square - Registan: Ulugbeg, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari madrasahs,
Bibi-Khanym Mosque,
- Siab bazaar – oriental market,
Observatory of Ulugbeg.

Overnight in Samarkand

 

11

Day

Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
After breakfast drive to Shakhrisabz (90 km/ 2hrs). 
Sightseeing tour:
- Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace,
- Dor-ut Saodat complex: Khazrati Imam Mosque, Jahongir Mausoleum,
- Dor-ut Tillavat  complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque.
Return to Samarkand (90km/2hrs).
Overnight in Samarkand.

12

Day

Samarkand - Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel. Drive to the village near Samarkand has the “Meros” paper mill. You will see all process of making the silk paper. 
Visit Shakhi Zinda necropolis  - unique architectural monuments, Mausoleum of St. Daniel.
Transfer to railway station, departure to Tashkent by high-speed train “Afrosiab” at 05.00 p.m. Arrival at 07.10 p.m. and hotel accommodation.  Overnight in Tashkent.
 

13

Day

Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

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